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Old 07-04-2021, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Demise of Taylor property in Moultonborough

In last Thursday’s BOS meeting, the selectmen voted 4-0 in favor of demolishing the controversial Taylor house on town property, and reinstituting talks with Huggins Hospital regarding their purchase of the property. If pulled off, this would be a tremendous win for the town…on many levels.
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That would be wonderful if both happen. Finally someone with a little gaul
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Old 07-05-2021, 05:43 AM   #3
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The town of Moultonborough has multiple committees with the desire and intent to preserve the heritage and character of this rural town.

One of the main points of the Moultonborough Historical Society is to preserve and to protect the historic nature of the town.

The original selectman that voted to purchase this historic farmhouse in the downtown area stated clearly that the building would not be torn down.

There are multiple commercial building that are vacant or nearly vacant for any medical facility.

Cruz Con has been sold and the new owner does not own the building. The Steinsky building next to Cruz Con looks empty. Keepsale Quilting has left the area leaving a large complex building. The church school on 25B is for sale with a large complex of empty buildings.

And some just want to tear down the historic heritage of the Town of Moultonborough ?

They paved paradise to put up a parking lot:
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Shame to those who ignore and demean history.
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Old 07-05-2021, 08:13 AM   #4
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The Taylor house is of questionable historic significance, in the opinion of many, and it would cost many thousands of dollars to make it habitable, according to estimates. Huggins already owns the adjacent property, so its acquisition of the Taylor site would make perfect sense. We desperately need more health care facilities in our town, and a Huggins expansion would be most welcome.
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Does anyone have a quick link to info on the Taylor House history?

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https://www.moultonboroughnh.gov/sit...12-19-2013.pdf
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Having paid Moultonborough property taxes since 1974, and being a Moultonborough resident since 1996, thank you to the select board for the decision to raze the Taylor building!

I don't remember when any wigwams or teepees may have been torn down, however, but that doesn't mean I don't have an appreciation for heritage nor history.

The Heritage Commission, more so than the Historical Society, in town, has been the main impetus on preventing the tear down of the building. What has the sale of the Grange, across the street from the Taylor building done for the town? What do the other two town-owned historical buildings down the street, done for the town? Remind us of Appalachia? No offense meant to Appalachia.

Where is it documented that any select board stated the building would not be torn down? Especially since:

"Adele Taylor Property Use Committee P.O. Box 139 Moultonborough, NH 03254 FINAL REPORT TO THE MOULTONBOROUGH BOARD OF SELECTMEN ADELE TAYLOR PROPERTY USE COMMITTEE December 19th, 2013"

"It was determined during the course of interviews that the building itself had no specific current or planned public purpose."

The Taylor building has been the Achilles heel preventing any "development" of the property. The building is "valuable" to some. The whole property is valuable to many more. The property without the building, is worth the most, financially and demographically.

Whether it is Huggins or any other proposal, the property is better off without the building. Worst case, the property without the building, could become an idyllic town common/town green.
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agree with you . Moultonborough has far too little health care options for permanent or summer residents. the house would require an enormous cost to fix. So if Huggins will but it that's wonderful or as you said make it a park. Other than that it will continue to fall into more disrepair and become an unsightly mess. I have owner a summer house in town since 1982 so i care about what goes on and hope they stick to their guns
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Drove by the Taylor House yesterday morning and the siding (probably asbestos) was being removed. It appears that this may be the first step in finally demolishing this albatross. Hopefully Huggins Hospital and the Town can reach an agreement on the Huggins expansion to that property.
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The Taylor House demolition is well under way. A courageous and overdue move by the Selectmen.

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Let's see what can be done with the unique property, now that the albatross is gone. True property value should come out, not just Heritage nostalgia. Plenty of those Heritage buildings/properties across the street.

A town green, separated from Rt.25 by a sidewalk, with possible Community Center in back (hopefully more on school district property) with
entrance/ egress from Blake Rd., not Rt.25, will probably come up for the May (now May, not March) annual town meeting. Maybe some petitions this year will be presented for the annual school district meeting in March (statutory) to provide school district property there, that abuts Taylor. Much more(25 acres+?) than the 5 acre Taylor property that could accommodate resident wants. Taxpayers pay, for either types of property governed by two separate statutory governing bodies; namely, select board for town property and school board for school district properties.

"Upon the written application of 25 or more voters ..."
For town petition RSA 39:3
For school district meeting RSA 197:6

There will surely be debate with this property and the so-called Lions club town property, gyms, and community centers etc. At least the Taylor building has been removed from the arguments.

Huggins hospital could come back with a proposal, and this time, and not endure the previous intimidation that made it back out, by the same Heritage group, because of Huggins intent on tearing-down the building.

Even if Huggins does get the Taylor property, the rest of the town "wants" can still be done in back on the presently school district property, that could be turned over to the town.

As a Moultonborough resident ... Thank You select board for acting.
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Removes an eyesore and a burr from the town
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House totally gone and they have filed in so now just dirt . It looks good
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House totally gone and they have filed in so now just dirt . It looks good
Thanks phoenix for the update. Will be taking a look on the way to this evening's select board meeting.

A local blog has the tear-down contract posted:

http://moultonborospeaks.blogspot.com/

Having spoken with the town administrator, it should be noted that are some additional costs to the town.

"Asbestos testing was $1,750 as listed below. To abate the asbestos, it was $19,000 that proposal is attached to this email, also, is the abatement inspection report. Total cost for the project is $45,550."

"For now, compared to the proposal received last year (attached) the town has saved $6,450."


Money well spent, and didn't have to "sell the first born"!
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